February 3, 2002
Past, Present, and Future
What can you say about the most enduring string quartet performing today? Since 1964, the Guarneri String Quartet has been a cornerstone in chamber music, beloved for its mastery of the finest literature for string quartet and for its contributions to the repertoire. On Saint Paul Sunday this week, Bill McGlaughlin welcomes this celebrated foursome for some glorious music-making and a look at the group's past, present and future. They'll play movements from Haydn and Mendelssohn quartets, plus the luminous Debussy String Quartet. Don't miss history in the making.
Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76, No. 4, "Sunrise"
February 10, 2002
The irresistible originality and charm of Italian music, whether openly embraced or officially banned, left an enduring impression on composers throughout 17th- and 18th-century Europe. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, the acclaimed ensemble REBEL joins Bill McGlaughlin to explore this remarkable influence as it was variously revealed by Vivaldi, Telemann, Purcell, and others. "Sophisticated and beguiling..." -The New York Times
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in a minor, R 108
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
"I know nothing more tragic or heartbreaking than the death of a child," writes Danielpour. "The work was intended as a kind of kindertotenlieder without words, and everything in the piece, including references to the Brahms 'Cradle Song,' relates to its initial inspiration."
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio No. 4 in B flat, Op. 11
Listen to "Reliquary for a Child" in its entirety, a live performance offered by the trio last year as part of the Saint Paul Sunday Chamber Music Series.
February 24, 2002
Dancing Within Yourself
This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Bill McGlaughlin welcomes pianist Frederic Chiu, an artist whose originality, warmth, and musical insight have won him fans worldwide. Chiu enjoys a special affinity with each of the works he performs Sunday. With Liszt's transcription of Schubert's Schwanengesang he'll share his lifelong interest in transcriptions. And two composers Chiu has long admired - Sergei Prokofiev and his namesake Frédéric Chopin - also make lively appearances. For all the "verve and rhythmic vitality" of the Chopin mazurkas, Chiu says "they're very intimate - like dancing within yourself."
"Chiu has reinvented a form of virtuosity... a phenomenon that must be heard."
Frédéric Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 33
Audio from previous shows is archived in the program catalog. Go to the catalog to listen to previous shows.